I’ve recently discovered the ZettelKasten Method for researching and taking notes.
I got in right before the servers crashed and they had to make Roam an invite-only beta. It was free then2 and I just didn’t get it. People talked about the Zettelkasten Method or Second Brain method by Tiago Forte, but I’d never heard of either of them and when I research both, the one that stuck with me was the Zettelkasten Method.
Foam Research to the Rescue
There have been offshoots of Roam, some free, some paid, and it’s not hard to understand why. The buzz around Roam is real.
I’ve looked at several different free alternatives to Roam even though I am a paying customer and in either a Reddit or newsletter post I found Foam.
According to the docs:
[Foam is]…a personal knowledge management and sharing system for VSCode
It’s dead simple to set up, comes with its own extensions, and as you can see here, looks and feels like Roam, only in VSCode.
Just a way to connect the dots
Basically, this method is a way to collect information, link it together, to help you think more creatively.
I’ve published my Foam bubbles on GitHub Pages. It’s called Dev Research, Road to Software Engineering Competence, A Zettelkasten. You can keep up with updates when you visit this blog as there is a link to Dev Research in the navigation of this site.
And detractors. The whole #RoamCult thing is offputting, as well as the CEO, who seems almost Messianic to some observers. ↩
A bit too expensive for me at the moment at $15/mo, $165/yr. Thinking about signing up for a year and seeing where that takes me. ↩